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This is not the first time Russian Federation has fired missiles from the Mediterranean at militants' positions in Syria, the attacks include the recent launches from a submarine and a frigate in May at the targets in Palmyra.

Two Russian frigates and a submarine in the Mediterranean Sea launched several cruise missiles targeting Islamic State in Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said Friday.

The missiles were launched from Russian Navy frigates, the Admiral Essen and the Admiral Grigorovich, as well as a submarine, the Krasnodar, from the eastern Mediterranean, the Defense Ministry said in a Friday statement.

Washington, Jun 23 Russian and United States military officials are still using a special hotline to communicate about operations in Syria, a USA official said today, days after Moscow said it was severing the connection.

Officials are privately anxious that Iran's ongoing efforts to build an area of control stretching from Tehran to Beirut will eventually expand the United States war by posing a security threat to U.S. troops operating in southern Syria near the border with Iraq and Jordan.

Mr Erdogan said: 'You should know that the Turkish state, with its armed forces and all other means, will never allow the creation of a state in northern Syria'.

The missiles come amid tensions following Sunday's rare air-to-air encounter between a Syrian Su-22 fighter and two US Navy Super Hornets in the skies over Syria, the first time a US warplane has downed a manned aircraft since 1999.

Russian Federation and Iran back the Syrian government while Turkey supports some of the armed insurgent groups that seek to topple the government. The spokesman for the IRGC says the attacks were only a small part of Iran's punitive power against terrorists and enemies, noting a more serious response will be given to the terrorists and their supporters if they repeat their aggressive behavior toward Iran.

But it later emerged that Russian Federation and the United States continued to use the hotline even after Moscow said it was hanging up.

Russian Federation warned Turkey and the Israeli regime about the attacks via military-to-military hotlines, it added. Russian Federation has also suspended its communication channel with the U.S. on military operations in Syria.

The U.S.so far has shunned any cooperation with Assad and has partnered instead with local Arab and Kurdish forces in fighting IS.

"The terrorist convoy of 39 pickup trucks was detected and destroyed by the Air Force on its way to Palmyra", the source said, adding that the vehicles had been equipped with large-caliber machine guns.

  • Leroy Wright